The article presents the main sources of the study of semantics in the course of changes of choreographic stage costume in China from 1842 to 1945. Among them are publications of both fiction and scientific literature. The sources selected in the course of the study of Chinese choreographic art, including folk and modern choreography in theatrical art, are supported by practical studies of Chinese, Russian and English scientists. As an additional material, confirming the description of clothing and costumes, the article provides links to museums and various attractions. Most of them are located on the territory of the ancient Chinese capital - Luoyang city, in Henan province. They are the main objects of attention and study of the cultural component of China, that is, material sources for the study and analysis of the semantic significance of national clothing and costumes. The article is made on the basis of translation into Russian and artistic analysis of Chinese literature on art history, history of development of theatrical and choreographic art.